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Visitors are welcome to step back into history and experience eighty acres of stately trees and statuary in the beautiful blend of nature and art that is Elmwood Cemetery.

Please come by the Victorian Carpenter Gothic Cottage which serves as our Visitor Center for maps, audio tours, picnic tables and handicap accessible restrooms. Research assistance is also available in the cottage, and security is on the grounds during business hours.



Tickets purchased for any of the events below are not refundable. Coupons are used for "Elmwood 101" tours only.  

Feb
13

Enduring Love

A Walking Tour through Elmwood

Do something different for Valentine's Day! Love brings out the best and worst in people. Come hear inspiring tales of enduring love and enduring tales of love gone horribly, horribly wrong. 

Elmwood's Assistant Director Bob Barnett will lead this tour! This all-walking tour is a favorite and will sell out quickly. The tour begins at the Cottage at 1:00pm. The cost is $15 per person.

Advance registration for this event is required. SOLD OUT

Feb
24

Ambassador College

Tour Guide Training Class

More than 5,000 area school children tour the cemetery each year. Students of Ambassador College will be trained to give these tours - and have fun doing it!

Graduates of this class will also be invited to participate in a variety of special events happening at Elmwood.

Class will meet on Feb. 24th at 10am. There is no cost to participate! Call 901-774-3212 and ask to speak to Kelly Sowell to register, or email historian [at] elmwoodcemetery [dot] org

Mar
12

The Luck of the Irish

A Walking Tour through Elmwood

What better way to celebrate St. Patrick's Day than to visit the Scots-Irish who rest at Elmwood? On this tour you'll meet a former mayor, a founder of the city of Memphis, a scalawag or two...and those just might be the same people! The tour will begin at 10:30 AM. Good walking shoes are recommended.

Register online or call 901-774-3212. Admission is $15 per person.  

Register today »

Mar
19

Easter Egg Hunt

The cemetery staff and volunteers invite our youngest of friends to join us for an Easter egg hunt on Saturday, March 19th at 9:00 AM! This fun event is open to kids from 1 to 10 years of age. A smaller hunting area for our youngest friends will be sectioned off so that everyone can fully enjoy the morning.

Make sure to bring your Easter basket so that you can find plenty of eggs. We'll hide a prize egg, too. The Easter bunny will even be joining us for photos!

Coffee and donuts will be on hand for sale. This event is free and open to the public. We will begin on time - parents, please be prompt! Please call with questions at 901-774-3212. 

Mar
26

Elmwood 101

A Walking Tour

Elmwood Cemetery was founded in 1852 as a "park for the living and a resting place for the dead." Winding carriage paths, a canopy of 1,500 trees, and Victorian-age monuments are all featured during this 90 minute walking tour. The history of Memphis is found at Elmwood and you'll experience it all during this fantastic tour.

We recommend that you bring a camera and wear your best walking shoes. Registration is available for $15 per person. This tour begins at 10:30 AM. For more information, call 901-774-3212. 

Register today »

Mar
30

Ambassador College

Tour Guide Training Class

More than 5,000 area school children tour the cemetery each year. Students of Ambassador College will be trained to give these tours - and have fun doing it!

Graduates of this class will also be invited to participate in a variety of special events happening at Elmwood.

Class will meet on March 30th at 10am. There is no cost to participate! Call 901-774-3212 and ask to speak to Kelly Sowell to register, or email historian [at] elmwoodcemetery [dot] org

Apr
6

Read In Peace: The Elmwood Cemetery Book Club

"Mayor Crump Don't Like It" by G. Wayne Dowdy

We invite you to join us for this Read In Peace Book Club meeting for an informal and winding conversation about "Mayor Crump Don't Like It", a book about Memphis Mayor E.H. "Boss" Crump. We'll meet on Wednesday, April 6th, and we invite everyone to attend.

Contact Kelly Sowell at historian [at] elmwoodcemetery [dot] org to save your seat at the table this month. This RIP Book Club meeting begins at 10 AM and lasts about an hour. Free to all; donations to Elmwood's Lot Book Preservation Program are most welcome. Call 901-774-3212 for information.  

Apr
16

Civil War Veterans of Elmwood Tour

Join long-time Elmwood volunteer Donald Harrison for this special, 90 minute walking tour of the Elmwood grounds. This tour experience will enhance the your knowledge of the lives of the men and women whose lives were touched by the Civil War. Questions are encouraged.

Good walking shoes and weather-appropriate clothing are required for a wonderful tour. 

This tour begins at 10:30 AM. $15 per person. 

 

Register today »

Apr
23

African-American History Tour

A Walking Tour of Elmwood

The south's first African-American millionaire. A hero of the 1878 yellow fever epidemic. Memphis' first African-American schoolteacher. These are only three of the individuals you will learn about, and visit, during this African-American History Tour of Elmwood. 

This walking tour will be lead by Elmwood volunteer Mable Barringer and will last approximately 90 minutes. Walking shoes and weather-appropriate clothing are suggested. Register for this event by clicking on the link below or by calling 901-774-3212. Cost is $15 per person. Starts at 10:30 AM.

 

Register today »

Apr
27

Ambassador College

Tour Guide Training Class

More than 5,000 area school children tour the cemetery each year. Students of Ambassador College will be trained to give these tours - and have fun doing it!

Graduates of this class will also be invited to participate in a variety of special events happening at Elmwood.

Class will meet on April 27th at 10am. There is no cost to participate! Call 901-774-3212 and ask to speak to Kelly Sowell to register, or email historian [at] elmwoodcemetery [dot] org

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